National award for housing scheme
16 December 2015
The Vale of Glamorgan’s first extra care housing scheme, ‘Golau Caredig’ has been named as Wales’ best ‘Housing-led regeneration’ project at a recent industry awards ceremony.
Built in partnership by Hafod Care Association and the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the scheme has replaced the former derelict Theatre Royal cinema in Barry with 42 much-needed homes for older people and created a landmark building for the town. The accolade was presented by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Cymru at the 2015 Welsh Housing Awards.
As well as providing much needed housing, the iconic glass-fronted building has also re-introduced commercial activity into the area by providing shop front units which house a busy hair salon and a thriving coffee shop.
Whilst the construction phase of the development provided opportunities for training and created and safeguarded local employment, the operation of the scheme provides over 50 jobs and will continue to provide employment and training opportunities for the town.
Judy Keenor, Chair of Hafod Care said: “We are very proud of the part we have played in helping to regenerate this part of the town centre. In addition to providing much-needed high-quality homes, the building brings a real vibrancy to the area and has helped to reconnect this end of town with the high street. Our residents are very happy with their new homes and the easy access they have to local shops, transport, amenities and community life. “
Cllr Stuart Egan, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “This is a first class development that provides much needed supported housing for older people in the Vale of Glamorgan. The apartments provide older people with their own homes and privacy, but still allow them to access support on site when required. Golau Ceredig is the first extra-care housing development in the Vale and is a fine example of partnership working. I am delighted to see the scheme receive this well-deserved award.”
The scheme benefited from over £5m from Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant Programme.
Its iconic feature blue and green glass façade was designed by architectural glass artist, Kate Maestri who took her inspiration from the local landscape and history of Barry. The glass art installation was funded by a public art contribution.
It was designed by Pentan Architects with input also provided by the Design Commission for Wales, and was constructed by contractor Leadbitter-Bouygues to achieve BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Excellent standard.